SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
Make a difference by donating time. Your time is valuable and we appreciate any that you can spare fighting this issue.
Make a difference by participating in marathons and 5Ks to raise awareness and make a statement that this is serious.
Make a difference by passing on the knowledge of how to detect and care for those suffering from mental health challenges.
Make a difference by ensuring that you yourself fully understand the issue at hand and are ready to give it your all.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?
Early detection, prevention, and education
50% of individuals who experience mental illness during their lifetime show symptoms before the age of 14
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Support universal screening for early detection
Catch issues before they become a crisis
Encourage friends and family to seek preventative mental health care
Strive for healthy relationships with friends and family
Work to better the lives of children, even under 5 years traumatic events can have lifetime effects on mental health
Wisconsin ranks 42nd in the nation in providing children access to mental healthcare
Children and teens in Wisconsin are hospitalized 4 times the nation's average for a mental health condition
Encourage school-based mental health counselors and treatment
Support the training of educators in recognizing warning signs and signs of distress
Work towards integrating mental and behavioral health into primary care and emergency departments
Support local specialized hospitals
In 2017 more than 16% of high school students in Wisconsin reported suicidal ideation
Avoid sayings such "I'm so OCD about this" "triggered" and "depressed"
Never describe someone as "hysterical" and "psycho"
USE phrases such as "I understand" and "I'm here for you"
Ask appropriate questions to avoid prying
Visit https://wisewisconsin.org/ for information to provide to others
IF YOU ARE HAVING DEPRESSED OR SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
PLEASE CALL THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
1-800-273-8255 OR USE THE CRISIS TEXTLINE
TEXT "HOME" TO 741741
Identify and eliminate triggers
Talk to a trusted friend or counselor
Keep active, eat well, and take care of yourself
Build a community of support
Remember that feelings are temporary